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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Break Free (feat. Zedd)" is a clean and catchy dance/pop track from Ariana Grande about a young woman who won't let heartbreak prevent her from being strong and independent. The lyrics music video is definitely a treat for Star Wars fans, as it features the iconic scrolling text beginning with "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." There is no iffy content except for one use of "hell."
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What's the story?
BREAK FREE (FEAT. ZEDD) is the second single from Ariana Grande's 2014 album My Everything. The song premiered on a special one-day revival of the MTV show Total Request Live called "Total Ariana Live." Grande has stated that the "Break Free" music video was inspired by her love of science fiction including Star Wars and Jane Fonda's sci-fi film Barbarella.
Is it any good?
Teaming up with popular EDM DJ and producer Zedd was a smart move for Ariana Grande and her meteoric rise as a pop star. Her powerful Mariah Carey-like vocals shine just as much on this catchy dance track as they do on her old-school R&B songs. Although this tune isn't as memorable as Zedd's previous radio-ready hits such as "Clarity" and "Stay the Night," its pulsating beats and positive messages may be enough for "Break Free" to become Grande's next big summer jam.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Ariana Grande's popularity. Why do you think she's become so successful?
Ariana Grande's signature sound is old-school R&B. Do you think she will continue to have success within the EDM genre? What other musical genres would you like to hear from her?
How does "Break Free" compare to "Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)"? Which song do you like better?